Public Talks and Professional Trainings

I offer virtual and in-person (when possible) talks for a variety of audiences, including high school and college students, parent groups, professional audiences (e.g., researchers, therapists, educators, sexual violence prevention specialists), and corporations.

I speak on a variety of topics that I’ve published research on, including:

  • Sexting, digital safety, and image-based sexual abuse (formerly called “revenge porn”)
  • Healthy friendships, consent, and boundary setting
  • How to become a more askable parent
  • 10 Sex talks to have with your teen (or young adult child)
  • The rise of rough sex and what it means for sexual assault prevention
  • Pornography and what teenagers and young adults learn from it
  • Sexual trends in the United States
  • Healthy relationships at every age
  • Dating and sexuality education for autistic tweens, teens, and young adults

Talks will be tailored to your group’s interests and are usually 45-60 minutes, with additional time for Q&A or discussion, but can be adjusted to meet an organization’s needs. I’m especially passionate about speaking with parents of kids of all ages.

To learn more or request a talk, please email me:

Public Appearances

Dr. Herbenick frequently speaks at professional meetings, universities, and corporate trainings. She also regularly shares her expertise through radio, television, podcasts, and other media.

Bloomington Sex Salon with Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Appearance on The Katie Couric Show



Sundance Film Festival

Bloomington Sex Salon with Dr. Beverly Whipple

Campus Talk, Georgia College and State University

Appearance on The Doctors TV Show

Debby has traveled throughout the US and all over the world to teach and speak, including to Canada, the Czech Republic, France, India, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Scotland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. She’s spoken at professional conferences for sex researchers, educators, and therapists; psychologists; pediatricians; sexual medicine professionals; Title IX coordinators; and those working to prevent or respond to domestic and/or sexual violence. Debby also frequently speaks to general audiences such as college students and parenting groups.

Here are some examples of where Debby has taught or presented: 

Events, Conferences, & Professional Groups (Selected)

AASECT Annual Conference

American College Health Association

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

American Psychological Association Annual Meeting

Aspen Ideas: Health

Children & Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development

Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System

European Federation of Sexology 

Family Justice Center Conference

Health Care Education and Training

International Family Justice Center Conference

International Academy of Sex Research (IASR) Annual Meeting

Institute for Addressing Strangulation (in the UK)

International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) Annual Conference

Iowa’s Sexual Assault Response Conference

Massachusetts Society for a World Free of Sexual Harm by Youth (MASOC)

Minnesota Association for the Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Abuse: Research and Treatment Conference

Modern Sex Therapy Institute

National Sex Education Conference

Olsen Institute

Sex Ed Lecture Series

Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR)

Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health

Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) Annual Meeting

Statewide Pediatrics Conference

Sundance Film Festival

Tandem Birthing Center

TEDx Bloomington

VALOR // California Coalition Against Sexual Assault

World Association for Sexual Health 

High Schools, Colleges, and Universities

American University

Bloomington High School – North

Elon University

Episcopal High School

Georgia College & State University

Indiana University- Bloomington

Indiana University – School of Medicine

Moi University

Northwestern University

Phillips Exeter Academy

Temple University

University of Florida

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

Waimea Middle School

Bookstores, Libraries, and Feminist Shops

Avon Free Public Library

Babeland – New York

Monroe County Public Library

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